Our natural teeth are one of the most important investments we can make in our lives. According to recent studies, about 24% of a group aged 22-36 said when polled that their natural teeth were the number one (1) thing they would like to preserve about their bodies as they get older. The correct dental hygiene and care routine can help anyone achieve this goal.
The dental and oral health habits you create when you are young can set up the foundation to help you look and feel great for the rest of your life. By taking a proactive (and not reactive) approach to your oral health, you can help keep your smile shining bright for many years to come.
Still wondering why you should try to save your natural teeth? Below are five reasons why this is one of the most important investments you can make in yourself.
- Natural Teeth Are Beautiful
Natural teeth are simply beautiful! Thanks to dental materials and technology innovations, prosthetics such as dental implants, crowns, and dental bridges can look more realistic than ever before.
However, nothing can compete with the look of real, natural teeth that have been well-maintained. Thankfully, you do not have to follow an extensive dental hygiene routine to keep your teeth and gums in great shape. By brushing with fluoride toothpaste, flossing regularly, and staying current on your dentist visits, you can help keep yours looking in top form into old age.
2.Natural Teeth Give You Ability To Enjoy Food
There’s more behind your smile than what meets the eye. Did you know that the mouth and teeth are the beginning of your digestive system? It’s true. Each tooth in your smile serves a different purpose to help you chew and bite effectively at each meal. When you eat, your teeth rip and tear the food into small pieces. They are easier to swallow and digest.
Without our natural teeth in place, it can become challenging to enjoy your favorite meals. That is a great reason why it is s0 important to take great care of your natural teeth and preserve them for as long as possible.
3.Natural Teeth Help Us Talk
Every time you speak, you are relying on your lips, tongue, and teeth to work as one to help you form words properly. They can do so by controlling the flow of air into and out of your mouth.
To create most sounds, your tongue will either be the roof of your mouth or the back of your teeth. When you are missing any of your natural teeth, it can affect your pronunciation of words correctly and articulate well.
4.Natural Teeth Preserve Your Facial Structure
Your natural teeth have tooth roots that anchor your teeth securely into your jaw. As you chew, those teeth’ roots are stimulated and help maintain your jawbone’s bone density and quality. In this way, your teeth play an essential role in the overall structure of your face. When they’re in place and great shape, your face looks symmetrical and balanced.
Anything that shortens the vertical height of your teeth, such as excessive grinding, can create an asymmetry in your face. Other conditions, such as a collapsing bite, can protrude your jaw forward, giving your face a hollow and sunken appearance. All of this can make you appear much older than your age.
5.Natural Teeth Preservation Saves Money
While you are younger and your teeth and gums are disease-free, you might not think much about regular brushing or flossing. However, this is the perfect time to focus and develop those dental hygiene habits while you are young!
Neglecting your natural teeth now could mean paying more for restorations and dental treatments as you get older. It is much cheaper to pay for routine, preventative checkups than specialty, advanced dental services. These will require more labor-intensive work and advanced dental materials.
What Is A Natural Dental Restoration?
A natural restoration is any dental treatment that gives us the ability to restore your teeth’ natural health, form, and function. It will also stop the progressive dental damage that tooth decay can cause. With this type of dental treatment, your dentist will preserve your natural tooth structure as much as possible. Conservative dentistry is good dentistry.
If your tooth becomes damaged by tooth decay or damaged in other ways (trauma, grinding) over time, it is always wise to choose a natural restoration as your first option. Natural restoration examples include:
- Dental Fillings (tooth-colored or metal)
- Dental Crowns
- Root canal therapy
Marielaina Perrone DDS offers a wide range of restorative dentistry services. While some dental offices are more focused on quick-fix treatments, we take the time to deliver expert services that produce the results you deserve and strive to last for a lifetime of smiles. With the highest-quality materials, best laboratory services, and leading customer service, you can trust our dental team with your smile.
Is It Ever Too Late To Save A Tooth?
In most cases of tooth decay, periodontal disease (gum disease), tooth loss, or physical dental trauma, a natural restoration is an effective solution. However, certain instances will require a tooth extraction.
When is it too late to save a tooth? If any of the following occur:
- Severe physical dental trauma
- Excessive tooth decay
- Dental Infection
Unhealthy habits, such as prolonged use of smoking products or illegal drugs, poor oral hygiene, and poor diet, can damage your smile. To the extent that an extraction is the only choice to restore health.
If any of the above dental issues occur and your dentist recommends tooth extraction, it is best to replace it to preserve your bone health and jaw structure. Your dentist will give you all your possible options for tooth replacement, including the placement of dental implants.
Act Now To Save Your Natural Teeth!
The actions you choose to take today can have positive or negative effects on your smile tomorrow. By making your dental health a priority while you are young, you can save your natural teeth as you get older.
Your smile serves many purposes, as outlined above. Do not fall victim to tooth loss. Make your smile a priority today! Our dental team can help you control your dental hygiene and create a firm dental foundation for your future smile.
Contact Marielaina Perrone DDS at (702) 458-2929 to schedule a no-cost cosmetic consultation appointment if you are ready for a smile makeover. We cannot wait to help you with your smile makeover to create the smile of your dreams in Summerlin, Henderson, and Las Vegas, NV.